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NJ Libertarian Party plans Opt-Out demo at Newark Airport

(excerpt from) Newsday
Holiday travelers’ choice: body scan or pat-down?

by Keith Herbert / November 17, 2010

The New Jersey Libertarian Party is planning a demonstration at Newark Liberty International Airport, Terminal B, on Wednesday evening and will hand out literature explaining that people may choose pat-downs rather than go through body scanners.

“We’re going to educate passengers that they can opt out,” said Jay Edgar, chair of the New Jersey Libertarian Party…

There is more information at the website for the New Jersey Libertarian Party:

National Opt Out Day Demonstration at Newark Airport

postdateiconWednesday, November 17, 2010

body111610_optThe NJ Libertarian Party is joining We Won’t Fly by organizing the National Opt Out Day demonstration at Newark Airport. On Wednesday, November 24th we urge all travelers who are “selected” to undergo the intrusive full body scanning to Opt Out. Instead they will be forced to participate in the more time consuming and humiliating enhanced “pat downs”. The pat downs include moving hands up legs until contact pressure is made with genitals.

We are meeting on November 24th at 6:00 PM at the bar of Chile’s Too in terminal B. Demonstrations will start at 6:30.

Our goal is to raise awareness among travelers over this new TSA procedure.

For more info see our meetup page or the We Won’t Fly website.


  1. paulie paulie November 18, 2010

    LOL, you think you’re well ahead of me. That’s pretty funny. Anyway, read all the links, and enjoy.

    Somebody else can post this one as an article…

    Libertarian Party of Georgia Opposes TSA’s Use Of Whole Body Image
    Security Checkpoints

    Contact: Greta Langhenry
    Communications Director
    (404) 590-1109


    November 18, 2010 (ATLANTA) – In response to the recent debate
    surrounding the Transportation Security Administration?s use of Whole
    Body Image (WBI) scanners, as well as the two cases already recently
    filed against the TSA by the Electronic Privacy Information Center
    (EPIC) and the Rutherford Institute, the Libertarian Party of Georgia
    announces today their public opposition to the TSA?s decision to use
    these devices in our nation?s airports. According to the TSA website

    ) at the time of press, in a statement dated October 28,
    2010, ?[p]assengers should continue to expect an unpredictable mix of
    security layers that include explosives trace detection, advanced
    imaging technology, [and] canine teams, among others.?

    The Libertarian Party of Georgia holds that these security measures
    imposed upon private citizens are a direct violation of the Fourth
    Amendment of the Constitution, which reads as follows:

    “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses,
    papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall
    not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause,
    supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the
    place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”
    ? The Fourth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America

    ?The possible health risks associated with the type of radiation used
    in these machines are not yet well understood, but the detriments to
    mental well-being and personal liberties are clear,? said Daniel N.
    Adams, chairman of the Libertarian Party of Georgia. ?What the TSA is
    calling an ?enhanced pat-down? is not an acceptable alternative to
    refusal to enter the WBI scanner. While we understand the importance
    of National and personal security, we do not agree that WBI scans are
    a necessary or obligate measure for securing the safety of U.S.
    airline passengers. The federal government wants us to believe that
    the act of buying a plane ticket from a private company necessitates
    the passenger forfeit their right to refuse an unlawful search without
    a warrant by telling us that we are aiding in ?national security
    measures.? We respectfully disagree, and hold that no citizen should
    ever have to forfeit those rights under the guise of security.?

    The Libertarian Party opposes all interference by government in the
    areas of voluntary and contractual relations among individuals. People
    should not be forced to sacrifice their lives and property for the
    benefit of others. They should be left free by government to deal with
    one another as free traders. The resultant economic system, the only
    one compatible with the protection of individual rights, is the free
    market. The Libertarian Party of Georgia believes that The Bill of
    Rights to the United States Constitution is an excellent exposition of
    Libertarian beliefs in individual freedom, limited government, and
    self-responsibility. Certainly, these measures introduced by the TSA
    are an invasion of personal right to privacy, and a clear violation of
    the Fourth Amendment.

    The Libertarian Party is Georgia?s third largest political party and
    the only party in Georgia promoting fewer taxes, less government and
    personal liberty for all Georgians. To learn more, please visit


  2. I am way ahead of you Paulie I am way ahead of you Paulie November 18, 2010

    Actually Paulie, you underestimate me, but thats ok. You don’t know who I know. You will find whats coming of things on your own, things that I already knew about. I just hope you won’t be in the too late line.

  3. paulie paulie November 18, 2010

    Posted by Starchild at

    I would be happy to be your media liaison for San Francisco (SF International Airport and Oakland Airport if desired). Do you know of anyone planning anything in the Bay Area?


    Here’s an idea off the top of my head which might or might not be practical, but could garner additional press: Hire a pilot to take you and/or other organizers up in the air in a small plane pulling an anti-TSA banner about National Opt-Out Day. As far as I know, passengers in small planes are not subject to TSA controls, but there hasn’t been a rash of terrorist incidents involving small planes.

    Love & Liberty,
    ((( starchild )))

    I can’t think of anyone better than Starchild to lead anti-TSA demonstration/civil disobedience 🙂

  4. paulie paulie November 18, 2010
  5. paulie paulie November 18, 2010

    Yes, I think an occasional Ron Paul post is OK, as long as you make his alt party connection explicit in the article. We don’t want to overwhelm the site with Ron Paul posts. Treat them kind of like international posts or posts about very small parties – side dish, not main course.

  6. Kimberly Wilder Kimberly Wilder November 18, 2010

    Wow! Can we write this up as a separate story?

    Ron Paul has endorsed the Opt-Out day!


    Very cool. Very brave.

  7. Sick Sick November 18, 2010

    And I am surprised Paulie actually would post this, since I am the one who is paranoid. LOL. This is the starting point line-up of the concentration camp. Very sick. Soo sick. I think the whole libertarian party in all 50 states should start a boycott and not fly.

  8. paulie paulie November 18, 2010

    Ron Paul Introduces HR 6416: The American Traveler Dignity Act — “Imagine if the political elites in our country were forced to endure the same conditions at the airport as business travelers, families, senior citizens, and the rest of us. Perhaps this problem could be quickly resolved if every cabinet secretary, every member of Congress, and every department head in the Obama administration were forced to submit to the same degrading screening process as the people who pay their salaries.”

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